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Can you recommend a good comedic read?

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CynophobicSadness Sat 25-Nov-17 17:52:13

I like a book, either fiction or non-fiction, that can make me laugh. I'm a comedy fan in general, so a funny book would be great

Any suggestions would be very welcome

I've read a lot of well-known comedian biographies already, so something different would be nice

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Lokisglowstickofdestiny Sat 25-Nov-17 17:53:52

Cold comfort farm

TheOnlyLivingBoyInNewCross Sat 25-Nov-17 17:59:15

Depending on your tastes, Janet Evanovich's One for the Money made me laugh out loud the first time I read it. And if you enjoy it, there are now over twenty in the series. It's about Stephanie Plum, an inept bounty hunter, and her two very desirable men...

Bill Bryson is my other guaranteed laugh out loud read.

Jayfee Sat 25-Nov-17 18:01:21

Starter for ten by David Nicholson

Jayfee Sat 25-Nov-17 18:02:13

My son was late going to pub as he found it so funny

alexpie Sat 25-Nov-17 18:21:03

This is going to hurt by adam kay, loved it despite people saying don't read it if your pregnant i did it anyway and still thought it was brilliant

Uumellmahaye Sat 25-Nov-17 18:25:37

Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend
The Public Confessions of a Middle Aged woman by Sue Townsend
Blott on the Landscape by Tom Sharpe
Bridget Jones Diary by Helen Fielding (book is much funnier than the films)

Greatbigspud Sat 25-Nov-17 18:33:10

Nomad by Alan Partridge, if you like AP at all you’ll love it. Honestly had me in stitches so many times!

Sarahh2014 Sat 25-Nov-17 18:33:55

The Idiot Abroad Diaries by Karl Pilkington are vv funny

EmmaGrundyForPM Sat 25-Nov-17 18:35:53

The last book i read which made me laugh out loud was "How I Paid for College".

Clawdy Sat 25-Nov-17 22:41:38

Diary of a Nobody - Weedon Grossmith. It's the only book that had me giggling as I read it, and it was written years ago. The central character is like an Edwardian version of David Brent in the Office.

TheNumberfaker Sat 25-Nov-17 23:00:13

Look into the Falco series by Lindsay Davis. Ancient Roman historical crime fiction rather than pure comedy, but some of the characters are hilarious.

ChinkChink Sat 25-Nov-17 23:03:55

Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome

freethebiscuit Sat 25-Nov-17 23:03:57

'Are you Dave Gorman?' By Dave Gorman (funnily enough) & Danny Wallace made me snort

CynophobicSadness Sun 26-Nov-17 09:26:51

Thank you guys. Far more suggestions than I expected. I'm rather excited! Going to check all these out today and add some onto my Secret Santa list.

I've read all the Adrian Moles and loved them. Although I was disappointed with Sue Townsend's Queen Camilla. Not as funny as the Mole books. But I won't write her off completely and will give Middle Aged Woman a look.

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fascicle Sun 26-Nov-17 10:47:07

I thought Sue Perkins' autobiography Spectacles was very, very funny (her road rage anecdote in particular is superb). It was a hastily grabbed book from the library so I had no expectations of it.

fascicle Sun 26-Nov-17 10:48:37

Ha, just seen your last sentence, so you may have read it.

CynophobicSadness Sun 26-Nov-17 19:42:07

No not read Sue Perkins autobiography, I'll add it to the list! Thanks

DH is going to be working away quite a lot over the next 12 months so I'm going to enjoy burying my head in books. He, along with many of my relatives, complain I'm ignorant when I read so I haven't done much of it for some years. I'm getting giddy at the free time I'll have for reading while he's away! grin

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iseenodust Tue 28-Nov-17 19:30:08

Agree Tom Sharpe though some are of their time.
Sick Puppy by Hiaasen (don't be put off by the title, read the reviews).

InfiniteCurve Tue 28-Nov-17 20:02:21

Jodi Taylor's Chronicles of St Mary's series -although while my favourite What Could Possibly Go Wrong made me laugh hysterically as I whizzed down the motorway (audio book smile) it did also make me cry....

Strummerville Wed 29-Nov-17 14:37:55

Jeeves and Wooster always makes me laugh a lot. I do forget which ones I've read though as the plots are quite similar!

YesThisIsMe Wed 29-Nov-17 14:52:56

Wodehouse, Waugh and 3 Men in a Boat from the classics.
Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers Of London Series are very funny but also thrilling.
Pratchett of course
Georgette Heyer’s lighter ones, like Fridays Child and The Grand Sophie are very funny.
I thought The Martian was funny as well as thrilling.
Gideon Defoe’s Pirates In An Adventure With... books are proper laugh a minute stuff
Sarah Caudwell’s crime series are not billed as comedies but very funny nonetheless.

pollywollydoodle Wed 29-Nov-17 16:47:21

Bill Bryson’s Life And Times of the Thunderbolt Kid is laugh out loud funny

YoungYolandaYorgensen39 Wed 29-Nov-17 21:52:54

Letters from a Nut by Ted L Nancy
More Letters from a Nut by same

Anything by Charlie Brooker. I laughed so loudly while pg in hospital that the midwife came to check I was ok as she thought I was crying out in labour.

YesILikeItToo Wed 29-Nov-17 21:57:27

The Martian by Andy Weir.

Are You Experienced by William Sutcliffe.

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